CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Sociology and Anthropology

CHSS Distinguished Alumni 

Miranda Carver Martin

BA Anthropology '14

Mirand Carver Martin Award

Miranda Carver Martin is a food systems researcher and food justice activist whose work has spanned the food chain from production to consumption. Her focus on food systems launched when she was an anthropology student at George Mason studying voluntourism while working on a Costa Rican coffee farm.

Since then, Martin has worked in various roles including a farmers market food assistance program booth coordinator, online cooking instructor, nutrition education program evaluator, community food access researcher, free grocery delivery driver, and campaign organizer for more equitable institutional food purchasing. They earned a master’s degree in anthropology at the University of Florida, where she focused her research on farmers’ market food assistance programs.

Currently, their primary focus is farm worker health and safety, especially the prevention of heat-related illness. Moving forward, she hopes to contribute research and organizing to the movement for workers’ rights, equitable pay, and safe working conditions all along the food supply chain.